“I can’t breathe,” 13-year-old boy’s dramatic 911 call credited with saving his sister’s life

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CLINTON, Md. – A 13-year-old boy is credited with saving his sister’s life from a house fire.

As the boy talked with the 911 operator, he remained remarkably calm and communicative. At the same time, he was trying to keep his little sister calm as well.

On Sunday morning, firefighters received a 911 call from a 13-year-old boy.

Marcus was trapped in a second floor bedroom of his home with his 9-year-old sister.

At one point during the 911 call, the children’s fear is impossible to ignore.

“We’re gonna die,” said 9-year-old Aliyah.

“Aliyah, please don’t say that,” said Marcus. “I can’t breathe.”

“Once he told me that his house was very smokey, I immediately knew I had to get him to safety,” said Kristen Ritter, the 911 operator.

With smoke continuing to fill the room, firefighters raced to the scene.

After breaking several windows, crews were able to find Marcus and handed him to other crew members.

“I felt something on, by my boot, someone tug,” said Lt. Kenneth Ward.

That tug was from 9-year-old Aliyah.

Amazingly, everyone was able to get out of the house safely, and officials give all the credit to Marcus.

“He did a wonderful job and everything that he gave us helped save him and his sister’s life,” said Ritter.

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